21 Delicious Breakfast Toasts

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:37 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Buzzfeed surprised me with this cool post on 21 Ideas For Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toasts.

My favorites: Sauteed Kale + One-Egg Omelet + Grated Cheddar Cheese or Sliced Plums + Sunflower Seed Butter + Flaxseed.

Related: Skinny Fried Egg and Avocado Toast


Orange Creamsicle Cocktail

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:40 am on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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It may be in the middle of February, but that’s no reason you can’t have a taste of summer with the newest drink I made with DIY Cocktails. It tastes just like a Orange Creamsicle.

The drink is also seasonal because it uses fresh-squeezed orange juice–you can get oranges at their cheapest right now. (You can also use store-bought orange juice if you don’t feel like squeezing oranges.) With cream, simple syrup, and vodka, the Orange Creamsicle Cocktail tastes like the popsicle–only more sophisticated.

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail
(Makes one cocktail)


    1 1/2 ounce vodka
    2 ounces fresh orange juice
    1 ounce cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 ounces simple syrup
    Sparkling water


Squeeze the orange juice. Combine juice, vodka, simple syrup, and vanilla in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Add cream. Close and shake thoroughly. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling water. Enjoy!

10 Tasty Vegetarian Sandwiches

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:14 am on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If made right, vegetable sandwiches are healthy, satisfying, and delicious. The key is to use fresh, quality ingredients (good bread; no crunchy tomatoes). Here’s 10 Tasty Vegetarian Sandwiches I want to try:


Smoky Vegetarian Beet Reubens: beets, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese.


Vegetable Sandwich with Hummus and Pesto: radishes, carrots, cucumber, tomato, pesto, and hummus.


Portabella Mushroom Cheesesteaks: mushrooms, peppers, onions, cheese.


Avocado Caprese Grilled Cheese: avocado, tomatoes, and cheese.


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Avocado, & Feta Sandwich

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

Green Goddess Sandwiches: avocado, fresh mozzarella, zebra tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled onions, and Green Goddess Mayonnaise. (YUM.)

Fava Bean Patties.


Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches with Zesty White Bean Spread: roasted peppers and zucchini with a white bean spread.

Grilled thin sliced zucchini sandwich w/tomatoes, mozzarella & olivada. Moreton's House 712 Greenwood, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-5923. W: 919 967 2185 C: 919 260 7465 www.nealsdeli.com A100527_F&W_NealsDeli_Sept_2010

Grilled-Zucchini Subs with Fresh Mozzarella and Olivada


Veggie and Hummus Sandwich: cucumber, tomato, avocado, sprouts, hummus.

Rose Champagne Cocktail

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:51 am on Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. To celebrate, DIY Cocktails and I created a twist on the classic champagne cocktail using rose water. We’re calling it the Rose Champagne Cocktail.

Rose water, made with rose petals, is delightful and sweet smelling. (You can make your own here–use organic roses.) Mixed with the champagne, vodka, and a little bit of sugar, this cocktail is lovely and romantic. It would be great for a toast, a pre-dinner drink, or an accompaniment with dessert. Plus, it’s pink.

Rose Champagne Cocktail
(makes one cocktail)


    1 ounce vodka
    1 1/2 ounce rose water
    1 sugar cube
    1 dash bitter (optional)


Put the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne glass. Add the rose water and the vodka. Top with champagne. If you wish (especially if you’re using cheap champagne), add a drop of bitters. Happy romance!

Decadent Mousse Desserts For Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:01 am on Monday, February 2, 2015

One of the best cakes I’ve ever made is this Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake. It was the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

Here are some other Decadent Mousse Desserts For Valentine’s Day.

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Neapolitan Mousse Cake

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Chocolate Malted Mousse (Mr. Savvy would love this.)

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Coconut Mousse.

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Mango Mousse With Raspberry Coulis

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Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Passionfruit Mousse:

Passionfruit Mousse

(See more at Something Swanky.)

5 Tofu Dinner Recipes Your Family Will Eat

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:39 am on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I’m trying to have us eat (at least) one vegetarian meal a week around here. This week, that means tofu.

I like tofu. It’s a nice high-protein substitute for meat, and if you cook it the right way, it tastes great. Here are 5 Tofu Dinner Recipes that look like they might convert even people who groan when you mention tofu.

Chinese Salt and Pepper Tofu Restaurant Style

Marinated Tofu and Broccoli Kebabs

Roasted Tofu And Kale With Pine Nuts

Caesar Salad with Crispy Tofu Croutons

Stir-Fried Cabbage, Tofu and Red Pepper

What To Do With Oranges

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Monday, January 26, 2015

Oranges are in season. I know, because my orange bush is loaded with them. Here’s some recipes featuring the orange:

Orange Julius

Poached Oranges

Salmon with Orange-Fennel Sauce

Orange Curd

Orange Marmalade

Chocolate Cake Baked In An Orange

Cane Vinegar Chicken with Pearl Onions, Orange & Spinach

Delicata Squash with Orange & Pistachios

What’s your favorite thing to do with oranges?

Persimmon Margarita

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:38 am on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What do you do with a bag of free persimmons from your neighbor? Make a Persimmon Margarita with DIY Cocktails, of course.

We used Hachiya persimmons, which are only good when completely soft and mushy. Fuyu persimmons would work just as well. In both cases, the persimmons naturally make a puree that’s perfect for a margarita.

This drink is especially great for batches. Make a pitcher and enjoy with friends.

Persimmon Margarita

(Makes 2 cocktails, or one large cocktail)


    2 ounces tequila
    4 ounces persimmons (about two ripe persimmons)
    3/4 ounce orange liqueur like cointreau or triple sec
    1/2 ounce simple syrup
    1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice


Peel the persimmons. Put the fruit in a cocktail shaker and smash to a pulp with a muddler. Add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake thoroughly until a frost begins to form outside the shaker, between 30-60 seconds. Strain into a glass. Enjoy!

How To Make Dried Persimmons

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:12 am on Monday, January 19, 2015

The other day, my neighbor was giving away persimmons he’d picked from his tree. I stopped and put some in my trusty shopping bag.

They were Hachiya persimmons, which are only good when they’re completely soft and mushy. I made persimmon bread, a cocktail or two (coming later this week!), and dried the rest in my dehydrator.

Man, dried persimmons are addictive. They’re sweet and chewy and chocked full of vitamins, antioxidants, and other good-for-you stuff. Best of all, while dried persimmons cost $15.99 a pound, mine were free.

How To Make Dried Persimmons

1. Cut ripe persimmons straight across into slices approximately 1/4 inch thick.

2. Lay fruit on the dehydrator tray.

3. Dehydrate for 6-8 hours until the persimmons are leathery, but not brittle.


Hot Drinks Round-Up

Filed under: Food/Drink — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:30 am on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Is it snowing where you are? Well, obviously you need to have a nice hot drink.

Here’s a round-up of alcoholic AND non-alcoholic drinks I’ve covered.

Alcoholic Hot Cocktails

Hot Buttered Pumpkin Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Gingerbread Toddy

Non-Alcoholic Hot Drinks

DIY Hot Chocolate

How To Make A Chai Latte

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

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